I am a PSW. I know how the homes in Sudbury can fix the PSW shortage.
Administrators pay attention. Don’t contract out to Plan A and other agencies. If you do then these agencies will go out of business. All the PSWs that work for agency will be out of work then will have no choice to work for the actual home where they go anyways. Also let your workers choose the hours and days they want to work but give them limits as to the hours they choose such as you must work 2 weekends a month and at least 2 days during the week. If they work the weekend give them $2 premium.
I know it would be cheaper than agency. If you keep getting agency such as plan A you will continue to pay out the ass ridiculous amounts of money. Show your staff that actually work for you day in and day out some appreciation.